101 unarmed killed by police in 2014.

Some cases are more clear-cut than others, but all of them raise questions about the use of force — like shooting to kill — in policing. They also prompt scrutiny of how cops confront people with mental illnesses:

Below is a list of people (mostly unarmed people of color) who were killed by cops in 2014. darrian
Some cases are more clear-cut than others, but all of them raise questions about the use of force — like shooting to kill — in policing.

1. Darrien Hunt; Saratoga Springs, UT: Hunt was shot six times and killed after someone reported a man with a suspicious sword. Hunt, who had a fascination with Japanese anime characters, was carrying a toy sword. A recent autopsy report found the shots hit him in the back, suggesting he was running away from police on the scene.

ezell-ford-530x2982. Ezell Ford; Los Angeles, CA: In what was described as “an execution” by family members, Ford was unarmed when LAPD shot him last August. Officers stopped him on the street, in response to a possible officer-involved shooting. One witness contends that officers beat the 25-year-old disabled man while saying “shoot him.” Others maintain that Ford was laying on the ground when he was shot.

abrego3. Omar Abrego; Los Angeles, CA: Abrego died a mere four blocks from where Ezell Ford was shot. A father of three, Abrego was beaten to death by LAPD after a car chase last August. Witnesses allege that officers punched Abrego in the face continuously, and also hit him with a baton.

tamir-rice-326e772c09b920c44. Tamir E. Rice; Cleveland, OH: Police responded to a 911 call about a boy with a gun in the park. Within seconds of arriving at the park, police opened fire, killing the 12-year-old who had been holding a toy gun. Officers on the scene refused to administer first aid for four minutes, and left him laying on the ground. They allegedly handcuffed his 14-year-old sister.

tanisha8n-2-web5. Tanisha Anderson; Cleveland, OH:
Anderson, a schizophrenic and bipolar women, died after police allegedlyslammed her onto the pavement outside her family’s home. Officers had approached Anderson after a caller reported her for “disturbing the peace.” Police claim that they planned to take her to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, and that she went limp in an officer’s arms. But Anderson’s brother and daughter deny the cops’ story and contend that the 37-year-old was slammed to the ground.

phoenix-arizona-police-shooting-rumain-brisbon6. Rumain Brisbon; Phoenix, AZ: Brisbon was killed earlier this month, after an officer mistook a pill bottle for a gun. The officer approached Brisbon’s car after someone reported a drug deal happening near the vehicle. When asked to raise his hands, Brisbon put them in his pockets. A quick chase on foot ensued after the officer pulled out a weapon. There was a brief scuffle when the cop caught up to Brisbon, during which the latter reached into his pocket. The officer shot him, and explained later that he thought he felt a gun in the pocket. The perceived gun was actually a pill bottle.

headshot7. John Crawford III; Beavercreek, OH: Crawford was shot by police officers in a Walmart, who were responding to a 911 call about an armed man. The caller, who originally stated that Crawford was pointing the gun at people, changed his statement later on. In a video released after the incident, Crawford was walking down a store aisle while holding a BB gun that he was buying for his children, and then swung it over his shoulder. All the while, he was talking on a phone and looking at the shelves. Officers descended upon him and fired two shots.

Keith-Vidal-facebook8. Keith Vidal; Southport, NC: Police responded to a 911 call for assistance from the parents of Vidal, a schizophrenic 18-year-old, who was in the middle of an episode. Although Vidal picked up a screwdriver, two officers were able to calm him down. But the situation turned deadly when a third cop tased the teenager shortly thereafter. That officer allegedly said “we don’t have time for this” before shooting and killing Vidal on the spot.

image4-269. Kajieme Powell; St. Louis, MO:
Just days later and a few miles away from where Mike Brown was shot, officersgunned down Kajieme Powell, who had stolen energy drinks and pastries from a convenience store. Officers said they shot Powell after he approached them wielding a knife with an “overhand grip,” and that he was within three or four feet of them. But video from a cell phone showed the 25-year-old standing farther away and with his hands by his sides.

akaigurley10. Akai Gurley; Brooklyn, NY: A police officer accidentally shot Gurley, who was walking down a dark flight of stairs. The officer fired his gun while he was performing a vertical patrol, and texted a union rep as Gurley was dying. Police Chief Bill Bratton confirmed that Gurley was a “total innocent.”

_79539914_024973441-111. Eric Garner; Staten Island, NY:
NYPD officers stopped Garner and accused him of selling un-taxed cigarettes on the sidewalk.. The encounter turned deadly when Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner, an asthmatic, in an illegal chokehold. Garner repeatedly said ‘I can’t breathe’ eleven times before dying on the scene. The entire incident was caught on camera, but a grand jury decision refused to indict the officer.

mike-brown-ferguson-officer-will-not-be-indictment-the-jasmine-brand12. Mike Brown; Ferguson, MO: Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson, after the police stopped him and friend Dorian Johnson, who were walking in the street. After he stopped them, Wilson realized that Brown matched the description of a suspected thief who the officer was trying to find. Wilson claimed there was a physical altercation, and that Brown tried to grab his gun and charged at him. Witnesses say Brown was running away with his hands up when the officer shot him. Police kept the body in the street for 4.5 hours. A grand jury chose not to indict Wilson.

azp986728-michelle-cusseaux13. Michelle Cusseaux; Phoenix, AZ: Frances Garrett called Southwest Behavioral Health Services to transport her 50-year-old daughter, Michelle Cusseaux, to an in-patient facility. Cusseaux, who was schizophrenic, bipolar, and had depression, was showing signs of threatening behavior. But when officers came to take her away, the incident escalated. Cusseaux threatened them with a hammer, and was shot in her home when she wouldn’t put it down. Later Garrett said, “They knew (who) they were going to work with — a person with a mental illness. You don’t come with guns drawn, guns at her door. I’m sure it frightened her.”

Rocky-Ford-Shooting14. Jack Jacquez; Rocky Ford, CO: When Jacquez returned home after babysitting with a friend, officers showed up unexpectedly and burst into the home. According to his sister in law, Jacquez was standing next to his mom with his back to the cops, when Officer James Ashby shot him two times. His fiance was woken up by gun shots. Details haven’t emerged about why officers were at the house.

original15. Jason Harrison; Dallas, TX: When Harrison’s mother dialed 911, she was seeking help for her son who had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. But the officers who responded to the call shot and killed Harrison on the front porch of his mother’s home, when he didn’t obey orders to put a screwdriver down. Police claimed Harrison was acting aggressively, but the victim’s family filed a lawsuit stating that excessive force was used. Harrison’s father also alleges that cops were previously called to subdue the victim. Video of the shooting, recorded by a body cam, has not been released to the public.

0f4d70916. Yvette Smith; Bastrop County, TX: Police were called to a house where a disturbance call was placed, although a dispatcher misinformed them that the disturbance was about a gun. Officers allege that people inside the house ignored demands to step out of the home. The Sheriff’s Department originally said that Smith eventually opened the door with a gun in her hand and refused to listen to orders, which is when Deputy Daniel Willis shot her in her abdomen and hip. But the department backtracked on the gun claim hours later. Witnesses say the disturbance call was about money and not a gun, and that Smith was compliant. The 47-year-old woman died at the hospital, and Willis was indicted for murder.

29ac9d117. Louis Rodriguez; Oklahoma City, OK: Police were called about a domestic dispute between a mother and daughter, but wound up killing the father outside of a movie theater. Rodriguez was trying to calm his wife down when he was approached by police and security guards from the theater. Officers began to beat him when, in an attempt to stop his wife from driving away, Rodriguez bypassed the officers. Although an autopsy conducted by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that the victim died from “cardiac arrhythymia due to physical constraint,” a private autopsy concluded that he died of asphyxia as a result of a maneuver that restricted his breathing. The daughter, Lunahi Rodriguez, recorded the incident.

Matthew-Pollow18. Matthew Pollow; Palm Beach, FL: Police were called to investigate an “armed disturbance,” when they approached Matthew Pollow standing next to a car. Pollow complied when he was ordered to remove everything from his pockets. Then Deputy Evan Rosenthal drew his weapon, alleging that the victim looked “very disturbed.” Pollow, who had a history of mental illness, grabbed a screwdriver and charged at the officer. Rosenthal shot Pollow, who died at the scene.

milwaukee-park-shooting19. Dontre D. Hamilton; Milwaukee, WI: Hamilton, a 31-year-old schizophrenic man, was sleeping in a park when Officer Christopher Manney approached him for a standard welfare check. After assessing that Hamilton was mentally ill, Manney approached him from the back and started to pat him down. The two exchanged punches before, Manney eventually used his baton to hit the victim in the neck. Manney then shot Hamilton 14 times. Chief Edward Flynn of Milwaukee said that Manney disregarded police policy after correctly determining that Hamilton was mentally unstable. “You don’t go hands-on and start frisking somebody only because they appear to be mentally ill,” said Flynn.

promo226505086120. David Latham; Northfolk, VA: According to Latham’s family, his mother and sister called 911 when he threatened his brother with a knife. Latham had stopped taking his medication for schizophrenia, which explained his behavior. When he didn’t immediately put down his knife, an officer shot Latham, who was standing in a doorway, nine times.

article-0-20AA910700000578-766_634x62821. Maria Godinez; Orlando, FL: Officer Eduardo Sanguino accidentally shot and killed Godinez, a 22-year-old college student. The officer was shooting at Kody Roach, who was a caller reported for waiving a gun outside of a bar. Police attempted to tase Roach, but that didn’t work. And when Roach turned around, Sanguino shot his firearm nine times. Godinez was inside when she was hit by a stray bullet.

Dillon-Taylor-Shooting-Body-Camera-665x38522. Dillon Taylor, Salt Lake City, UT:
Dillon, 20, was shot to death by a police officer responding to a 911 call reporting “gangbangers” flashing a gun. Taylor and his two relatives, also in their twenties, were on their way to a 7-Eleven when  confronted by Officer Bron Cruz.  Cruz pointed a gun at Taylor and yelled, “Get your hands up now.” Taylor, who was walking away from Cruz, turned around and replied, “Nah, fool.” Within seconds, Taylor removed his hands from his waistband while lifting his shirt. Cruz  shot him twice in the chest and abdomen. He died at the scene.  No weapon was found on him or his companions.

Dante-Parker-Tased-Photos23. Dante Parker, San Bernadino, CA.:  Dante,  a father of five, died in police custody after being repeatedly stunned by a Taser gun. The 36-year-old pressman was riding his bicycle when confronted by police. Dante was not armed. Officers believed Parker was under the influence of an unknown substance. During a struggle, Parker was stunned multiple times with a Taser gun, handcuffed and put in a patrol unit. Deputies transported him to a hospital after he began sweating and breathing heavily. He died at the hospital, two days before his 37th birthday.

The above are the tip of the iceberg…

Edvard Munch-886497It is impossible to provide a full list….
Police do not keep track… we know that “Between 2003 and 2009, the DOJ reported that 4,813 people died while in the process of arrest or in the custody of law enforcement. These include people who died before an officer physically placed him or her under custody or arrest. This data, known as arrest-related deaths, doesn’t reveal a significant discrepancy between whites, blacks, or hispanics. It also doesn’t specify how many victims were unarmed. According to the FBI, which has tracked justifiable homicides up to 2012, 410 felons died at the hands of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.*

And here are some preliminary statistics for 2015…

Black Americans killed by police twice as likely to be unarmed as white people

cropped-ttd.jpgGuardian analysis finds 102 people killed by police so far this year were unarmed, and that agencies are killing people at twice the rate calculated by US government


Killed By Police 2015
Corporate news reports of people killed by U.S. law enforcement officers, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method. Inclusion implies neither wrongdoing nor justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved. The post merely documents the occurrence of a death.


MEGAN THOMPSON: A year-long investigation published by The Washington Post this weekend takes an in-depth look at the nearly 1,000 people fatally shot by police in 2015.

Among the findings: Mental illness played a role in one-quarter of the killings. In three-quarters of the fatal shootings, police were under attack or defending someone who was. And one in 10 people shot and killed by police were unarmed.


Fatal Shootings by Police Officers on Track to Hit 1,000 for 3rd Year in a Row



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Taxi to the Darkside

I believe there’s nothing
we can know except that
we should be kind to each other
and do what we can for other people.”
― Katharine Hepburn

…Where we remain…

Published on Aug 7, 2015

Using the torture and death in 2002 of an innocent Afghan taxi driver as the touchstone, this film examines changes after 9/11 in U.S. policy toward suspects in the war on terror. Soldiers, their attorneys, one released detainee, U.S. Attorney John Yoo, news footage and photos tell a story of abuse at Bagram

Issue section:  Film   /    Issue:  June 2008   /   By   Eamonn Kelly   /   Director: Alex Gibney

No one person murdered Dilawar, a 22 year old Afghan taxi driver, abducted, imprisoned and finally killed at Bagram air base in December 2002. Rather Dilawar died as the result of a sustained programme of torture visited upon him on the orders of the US government.

In Taxi To The Dark Side director Alex Gibney probes meticulously the decision making, chain of command, and documentation that sanctioned the use of torture in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay (the latter’s gift shop featuring in one segment).

Gibney shows how the brutal interrogation techniques used by the US military were authorised directly from key government figures Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, and were then cascaded through the entire chain of command, resulting in the human rights abuses recorded at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.

Using a similar format adopted in his exposé of the Enron corporation,The Smartest Guys In The Room, Gibney works with a broad range of interviews from high ranking military lawyers, FBI officials and ordinary soldiers, to build up a detailed picture of the logic driving the US torture machine.
Arrested by a US backed militia and accused of being involved in a mortar attack on a US base, Dilawar was detained at Bagram air base. There he was subjected to a range of brutal treatments which left his legs literally beaten to a pulp. Forced to endure long hours shackled to a ceiling and forced to stand, Dilawar’s body finally gave up.

He had been one of the 90 percent of US-held prisoners who were bought from local militias – the occupiers having in effect created a market for “terrorists”. Several of the guards responsible for beating Dilawar were tried and convicted, and as they present themselves in the film it becomes clear that they were the fall guys under intense pressure poem-truth-casino-inconvenient-truth2to get results. Their commanders were subsequently promoted, the politicians escaping untouched.

If there were one criticism of this revealing film it is that in concentrating on the impact of these policies on US society, it hears only fleetingly from the victims of the terror and their families, and thus misses an opportunity to return to them the humanity, dignity and sense of justice of which they have been robbed.

more information: http://socialistreview.org.uk/326/taxi-darkside

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Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”
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I believe there’s nothing
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and do what we can for other people.”
Katharine Hepburn

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ISIS and the CIA: Attack and Exploit for the Corporate Bottom Line

“Through terrifying headlines and shocking videos, ISIS is being used as a tool to justify war in the Middle East and to cause fear and panic worldwide. No, this is not a “crazy conspiracy theory”, it is simply the oldest trick in the book.

ISIS was created by the very forces that are fighting it.


“Through terrifying headlines and shocking videos, ISIS is being used as a tool to justify war in the Middle East and to cause fear and panic worldwide. No, this is not a “crazy conspiracy theory”, it is simply the oldest trick in the book.” 

ISIS was created by the very forces that are fighting it.

Ever since the creation of democratic nations – where public opinion somewhat matters – the political class is favisions1ced with a dilemma: War is needed to gain power, riches, and control, but the general public has a tendency to be against it. What to do? The answer was found decades ago and is still used successfully today:

Create an enemy so terrifying that the masses will beg their government to go to war.

This is why ISIS exists. This is why the beheading videos are so “well-produced” and publicized worldwide through mainstream media. This is why news sources regularly come up with alarmist headlines about ISIS. They are used to serve the best interests of the world elite. The current objectives are: Sway public opinion to favor the invasion of countries in the Middle East, provide a pretext for “coalition” intervention across the world, and manufacture a domestic threat that will be used to take away rights and increase surveillance. In short, ISIS is yet another instance of cia-manufactured_terrorismthe age-old tactic of creating a terrifying enemy to scare the masses.

“Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived  direct external threat.”
– Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard

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“…Meanwhile, Daesh, ISIS, ISIL, IS – or whatever its name – broke away from al-Qaeda to become the definitive regional, and even global threat.

Its pornographic barbarity provided a new bloodier banner for al-Qaeda affiliates throughout the region, with a prime real estate location to erect a whole new caliphate on Syrian and Iraqi soil.

In the process, the rise of ISIL gave a whole new momentum to American and Iranian interventionism in the greater Middle East.

ISIL replaced al-Qaeda as the newest  pretext for pre-emptive and revenge air strikes, redeployments, war, and occupation.

Thanks to ISIL, the main losers of the Arab Spring emerged as the new hegemons.

Moreover, ISIL became the alibi or the justification for all regional warmongers to carry any atrocities.”



These avoidable wars cost trillions of dollars and millions of lives to enrich billionaires who pay no taxes and steal the taxes we pay.  Wars of choice (the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump agenda) will absolutely bankrupt the nation before 2030.  

The American people will see a frenzied retreat:  U. S. Military forces scrambling to disengage from 800 bases in more than 136 nations where we now  wage at least 27 wars of unprovoked aggression against nations and people who did not attack us.  

We have become the terror.

mynzahosiris.wordpress.comWe could  shut down corporate wars and rebuild the nation. The seas of Earth are demonstrably rising. These waters will erode our shores and submerge nuclear reactors, further polluting dying oceans on a wounded planet.  Science fiction, facts and fear have brought us to this precipice and we have choices to make.

At this fatal and delicate conjunction, time is not on our side.

Tim Flanagan,

What if . . .  the CIA and ISIS . . .  with Alice in Wonderland

by Jerry Anderson

  •  visions4Trying to discern the true nature of the CIA and its secret operations is like going down the rabbit-hole.  It’s like Alice in Wonderland.  Like sitting down at table with the evil Queen of Hearts — the Mad Hatter, the Jack of Diamonds, the Cheshire Cat — and the rest of her crazy court.  Patriotically, we Americans want to think of this fraternity of spies as our White Knights —  champions for freedom, justice and the American way.  But it’s hard to square the country’s ideals with agency’s past and present practices.  This is an organization that has been in bed (quite comfortably) with some of the modern era’s worst dictators, rogues and tyrants.  Always for a good cause of course.  The same bunch who tried to kill Fidel Castro with an educsexploding cigar — who delivered us the Bay of Pigs fiasco, who were caught totally off guard when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, who had no clue about the genocide in Bosnia/Herzegovina, and who — following 9/11 — water-boarded, tortured and killed Guantanamo prisoners. (read the latest Congressional report) to extract under duress false confessions and other useless data that provided no reliable or actionable intelligence information, at least according to the committee that conducted the investigation.  I hate to be the one to tell you — but these aren’t the good guys folks.  No one in the upper echelon at Langly wears a white hat.

rest of story:  http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/02/daesh-cia-mossad-quds-force-150226052024592.html

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“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.”

— C. S. Lewis

“To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other.”
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“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”

― Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

“Depression – it falls into that small category of things like combat that, if you haven’t been in it, you can say you can imagine it all you like. But it’s truly different.”
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Depression is not always understood…  sometimes psychologists offer
a diagnosis or friends and family may offer support…

Other times not so much.


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“I didn’t want my picture taken because I was going to cry. I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full.”

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Different types of depression and the symptoms:

1.  Loss of interest in activities that you
used to enjoy.

2.  Desire to avoid social occasions.

3.  Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
(often with no logical basis) .

4.  Changes in appetite
(overeating or loss of interest in food)

5.  Excessive tiredness.

6.  Changes in speed of your movement noticeable to others.

7.  Changes in sleeping patterns: reduced or excessive

8.  Suicidal thoughts, thoughts the world better without you.

This condition may be
called other names:
Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Mood disorder, Mental illness, Schizophrenia, etc.

Here is a test to determine if you are depressed

And here are ways to treat depression…

layout_tm1_poster.indd1. Keep active.

–15 to 30 minutes of physical activity may improve mood
–Long-term regular exercise can help prevent recurrence.

2. Eat well.

Well-balanced eating
helps you feel better.
— Eat more whole grains, beans and vegetables.
— Eat regular meals, especially breakfast.
— Increase your intake of cold-water fish:
salmon, halibut, tuna and bluefish.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine, they make depression and/or anxiety more intense or severe.


3. Get adequate sleep.

Aim for eight hours a night,
and be consistent with bedtime.

4. Control stress.

Coping with depression is stressful enough,  so try to limit other sources of stress.
Simplify your schedule and prioritize.
Get organized so you know where to find things you need.
If you need a break, take it.  Take a day trip, bus ride, bicycle trip or a
weekend getaway.

Recognize stress signals and slow downstomach upset?
forgetting things or feeling extra irritable?

health_care_reform5.Stay Connected.

Make relationships a priority.
Social ties give you a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
— Recognize the importance of
give and take.

Cultivate your spirituality
or sense of well-being.

Avoid negative and unhealthy connections.


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Psych Central – Depression Screening Test
Test your depressive feelings today and track them over time.
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